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RAND research on air transportation has examined a wide range of topics, including air traffic control, air safety and security, fuel systems, and accident investigations.

  • Airport trading cards, photos by Airports Council International-North America; design by Katherine Wu/RAND Corporation

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    U.S. Airport Infrastructure Funding and Financing

    Jan 14, 2020

    Passenger air travel is at an all-time high, and demand for it is expected to rise. Will current levels of spending under existing federal policies be sufficient to enable commercial airports to make the infrastructure investments needed to meet that demand?

  • Passengers on a flight, photo by vovashevchuk/Getty Images

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    COVID-19 Was Spreading Globally for Weeks Before It Was Declared a Pandemic

    Sep 22, 2020

    Worldwide exports of COVID-19 cases began increasing at an accelerating rate on February 19, 2020. That was three weeks before the World Health Organization declared the pandemic. By the end of February, nearly 40 cases per week were spreading around the globe via air travel.

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